CWUNewsNews Your Military Experience Workshop, 14 Jan 2015 10:06:10<p>Veterans, do you realize how valuable your military training and experience can be in choosing a career direction and finding employment? The Veterans Center and Career Services have collaboratively created a workshop to help veterans find a career path and build a resume using their military experience. This workshop is equally useful for all veterans, regardless of class standing.</p><p><strong>Thursday, Feb 19, 2015<br>4:00 pm to 5:00 pm</strong></p><p><strong>CWU Ellensburg, Academic &amp; Research Common (ARC) at Brooks Library</strong></p><p><strong>Questions? Contact Career Services at (509) 963-1921 or</strong></p></br>Important Information Regarding TA and VA Benefits, 15 Dec 2014 11:54:28<p>The below advisory applies to anyone using TA and their GI Bill simultaneously, especially those of you using &nbsp;1606 or 1607.&nbsp; The National Guard Bureau is trying to repeal this but until further notice we cannot certify your classes if you have tuition assistance.&nbsp; At this point the only recourse available to us is Congress, write our representative an email or contact Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs <a href=""></a> to seek advice on resources.</p><p>Please notify our office whether you decide to use your VA benefits or Tuition Assistance to ensure that your enrollment is processed correctly.</p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><strong>ADVISORY:</strong>&nbsp; <strong>Recent Department of Defense Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>BACKGROUND:&nbsp; </strong>The Department of Defense (DoD) recently updated its instructions regarding the utilization of Tuition Assistance.&nbsp; In these updated instructions, DoD announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code), or any other GI Bill program other than the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code).&nbsp; To implement this policy change, DoD required all schools participating in the Tuition Assistance program to sign updated memoranda of understanding stating that the schools will not certify the same class for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607.&nbsp; As of September 4, 2014, all participating schools have signed such memoranda.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>These limitations on the concurrent receipt of both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits have not yet been replicated in the DoD instructions regarding the administration of chapters 1606 and 1607.&nbsp; Therefore, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which administers the chapter 1606 and 1607 programs based on DoD’s instructions, is not technically prohibited from processing claims for 1606 or 1607 even though Tuition Assistance has already been used for the same classes.&nbsp; However, the practical effect of DoD’s changes to the Tuition Assistance instructions, and the newly signed memoranda, is that schools should no longer be providing VA with certifications for classes under chapter 1606 or 1607 if the member is also using Tuition Assistance to pay for all or part of the class.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ol><li><strong><em>From this point forward</em></strong><em>, School Certifying Officials should not certify any class to VA for benefits under chapter 1606 or 1607 if the member is receiving Tuition Assistance for the class.&nbsp; Since this is a point forward requirement, there is no need to take any action on current or past classes.</em></li></ol><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><ol><li value="2"><strong><em>If any future terms have already been certified for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607, then the School Certifying Official should decertify those terms for GI Bill benefits.&nbsp; </em></strong><ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"><li><em>The member should be contacted and advised of the limitation on concurrent receipt and be given the opportunity to choose which benefit he or she would prefer to use.&nbsp; </em></li><li><em>If the member chooses to continue to use Tuition Assistance, then no further action is required.</em></li><li><em>If the member chooses to receive chapter 1606 or 1607, then the member needs to contact DoD to discontinue his or her use of Tuition Assistance.&nbsp; Once decertified for Tuition Assistance, the School Certifying Official should recertify these classes for chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits.</em></li></ol></li></ol><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&nbsp;</p><ol><li value="3"><em>In the future, if a school, through the actions of the Tuition Assistance Administrator and the School Certifying Official (whether those are two separate individuals or one person functioning in both capacities),&nbsp; does certify a class for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits,&nbsp; then the school and the Servicemember may be subject to the following DoD actions:</em><ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"><li><em>Censure and possible suspension from the Tuition Assistance program for violations of the memorandum of understanding.</em></li><li><em>Debt collection on the Servicemember for the amount of Tuition Assistance paid.</em></li></ol></li></ol><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&nbsp;</p><ol><li value="4">VA will not establish or collect any debts for the amounts paid under 1606 or 1607 due to concurrent receipt.</li></ol></p align="center"></p align="center"></p style="margin-left:.5in;"></li value="2"></ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"></p style="margin-left:1.0in;"></li value="3"></ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"></p style="margin-left:1.0in;"></li value="4">Notice of Compliance 1% interest charge on overdue accounts, 15 Dec 2014 11:51:34<p>This notice is to inform you that Central Washington University has implemented the 1% interest charge according with RCW 43.17.240*.&nbsp; It applies to items on your CWU account that are at least 30 days past due. To avoid the 1% interest charge your account must be current at all times.&nbsp; For questions related to the interest charge, contact us by phone at: 509 963-3546, or by email at:</p><p>*RCW 43.17.240</p><p>Debts owed to the state — Interest rate.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Interest at the rate of one percent per month, or fraction thereof, shall accrue on debts owed to the state, starting on the date the debts become past due. This section does not apply to: (1) Any instance where such interest rate would conflict with the provisions of a contract or with the provisions of any other law; or (2) debts to be paid by other governmental units. The office of financial management may adopt rules specifying circumstances under which state agencies may waive interest, such as when assessment or collection of interest would not be cost-effective. This section does not affect any authority of the state to charge or collect interest under any other law on a debt owed to the state by a governmental unit. This section applies only to debts which become due on or after July 28, 1991.</p>Veteran Workforce Readiness Presentation, 14 Aug 2014 15:01:39<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 657px; float: left;"></p>Yakima Valley Stand Down, 06 Aug 2014 16:43:26<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 455px; height: 600px;"></p>Welcome Home Veterans, 06 Aug 2014 16:29:17<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 463px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Graduating Veterans, SALUTE Inductees Honored, 12 Jun 2014 09:13:19<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More than 70 veterans will graduate from CWU in June. They were honored at a reception June 4.</p><p>Ten of those veterans became members of SALUTE (Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence), the veteran’s national honor society. CWU has the only chapter of SALUTE in Washington State.</p><p>At the ceremony, graduates were awarded CWU Veteran Alumni challenge coins to celebrate their success.</p><p>CWU Veteran Center’s Ruben Cardenas, outreach recruiter, and Susie Beador, director, presented the Veteran Alumni coins. According to Cardenas, challenge coins have a long and illustrious history throughout the armed forces. They originated in World War I, when a fighter squadron was issued the coins before battle. The legend is that the coin saved a young airman’s life, by establishing his identity when he was thought to be a spy. Challenge coins are now presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. The challenge coin is a treasured and respected representation of the organization minted on the coin.</p><p>Ralf Greenwald, CWU psychology professor and SALUTE chapter advisor, presented the SALUTE challenge coins and certificates. The new inductees to the honor society are Andrew Johnson, Jason Reis, Michael Schultz, Melody Wright, Dan Burke, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Porter, Lori Harmer, Kristel Hallsson, and Nancy Tapia.</p><p>Sarah Swager, dean, Student Success; Marilyn Levine, provost and vice president, Academic and Student Life; and Keith Champagne, associate dean, Student Development, spoke at the reception and congratulated the students on their successes.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, <a href=""></a></p></br></a href="">CWU Veterans Center Survey, 03 Apr 2014 10:22:20<p>We have collaborated with multiple entities in the CWU community to create a survey that will help us better serve the needs of our CWU Veteran community.&nbsp; Participation in the survey is completely voluntary.&nbsp; If you would like to participate in the survey, please go to the following link.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>You can also find the link on our website:<a href="http://" target="_blank"></a></p><p>We appreciate your input and look forward to continuing and strengthening the services we provide.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p>Veterans Center Staff</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Translating Your Military Experience Workshop, 13 Feb 2014 09:31:50<p>Veterans, do you realize how valuable your military training and experience can be in choosing a career direction and finding employment? The Veterans Center and Career Services have collaboratively created a workshop to help veterans find a career path and build a resume using their military experience. This workshop is equally useful for all veterans, regardless of class standing. Plan to attend this worthwhile event on <strong>February 26th from 4-5:30 PM in the Brooks Library Academic &amp; Research Commons</strong>.</p>CWU First University to Launch Mobile App for Veterans, 30 Jan 2014 07:36:08<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is the first university in the United States to use a special web and mobile application to help military veterans connect to colleges to earn degrees.</p><p>Key components of the Veterans App (VAPP), developed by Edmonds-based <a href="" target="_blank">Operation Military Family</a>, are a lockbox for online storage of military service records and the ability of users to browse veterans’ service providers by major categories. The VAPP platform also provides a checklist of required steps needed to transition out of the military.</p><p>"VAPP will reduce the frustration of navigating complicated state and federal rules and services," said John Swiney, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. "This puts crucial information at veterans' fingertips, and reduces time and travel costs for finding services, benefits, compensation, and training. It also gives service members real-time access to information and services in a designated area.”</p><p>CWU is also specifically highlighted on the first-of-its-kind VAPP Checklist pilot program, a web-only application, limited to active service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as they transition out of the Army. As a select sponsor of VAPP, CWU anticipates veteran recruitment and enrollment, both at Ellensburg and at CWU’s campuses statewide, will grow.</p><p>The Veterans App is available at The link can also be found on CWU’s web site under Services, and on Admission’s and Veteran’s web pages under Related Links.</p><p>Swiney said CWU sought out VAPP to accommodate the dramatic increase in new veterans at Central—175 percent in just three years. He said the new app allows service members to personally connect to VA representatives.</p><p>"Veterans eventually won't have to type in the same information over and over, and that saves everyone time and reduces the likelihood of data-entry errors," explained Swiney. "We want to do everything we can to make application to CWU as simple and stress-free as possible.</p><p>“More than 20,000 veterans from JBLM will be going through the Active Duty Transition Process in the next two years. And those who investigate education through the VAPP checklist process will always see CWU's Preferred Sponsorship Logo linking to our VAPP Web page," said Swiney, adding that VAPP is formatted for both Web and mobile devices.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>